RE: [beekeeping] Keeping Honeybees
- Hellow Alana,
I've enjoyed reading your article. I'm about to
start a beekeeeping website in Chile near soon and I
would like to cite some paraghaps of your text.
Please John, let me tell where in the States are you
and a little more about yourself. Are you a sort of
"backyad beekeper" also?
Sincerely, Washington A. Aris
--- Alana <anala@...> escribió:
Copied below is the article I wrote after joining this
List and goggling
myself silly. Please note that it is copywrited. It's
for the Silver
State Garden magazine.
Thanks to everyone here who helped me.
"For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life
And to the flower the bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an
"The White Man's Fly" it had been called, for it
preceded and signaled
the advance of European immigration across America.
But bees have been
around a lot longer than that.
Bees evolved from wasps, after or at the end of the
time of the
dinosaurs and at just about the same time as the
emergence of flowering
plants, about 150 million years ago.
Bees have the nearly unique task of keeping the world
pollination , no food for animals, no animals . . .
In a Spanish cave, some 6000BC, a stone age
hunter-gatherer was inspired
to apply a bee drawing to his wall. Clearly, the bee
It was the honey. Honey is the first food for which
we have a record of
a food intentionally raised by humans. Our first
sweet food, honey
cannot support yeast or bacteria, and so is a source
of sugar completely
resistant to spoiling. Today, the pharmaceutical and
industries study it intensely.
And today, home beekeepers still savor their honey and
can expect the
production of their fruit and vegetable harvests to be
improved by work of their bees. As well as the
production of their
neighbor's harvest, a good thing to keep in mind when
talking with the
neighbor's about your bees, should that occasion
And what about the neighbors? What will they think of
Given that there are successful beekeepers on
Manhattan rooftops, your
backyard is no problem. Beekeeping is not included as
a nuisance in
Place your hives where they are not visible, and
properly managed, the
neighbors won't know they're there. Building a fence
or planting tall
shrubbery will keep the bee's flight paths over the
heads of the people.
Providing water for your bees will keep them from
neighbor's pool or pond. A half whiskey barrel
planted with some water
plants, at a fair distance from the hive, will help
keep your bees at
home. They enjoy the slightly stagnant water.
When the time is right, Jeremy the BeeMan will come
and take away the
part of the hive with the honey. Away they will go to
(a bee-proof room) where the extraction of the honey
they will come as jars of your own honey!
Some people are afraid of bees. You can help them
overcome this if
there is any interest, despite the fear. Introduce
him to your bees in
a quiet, one-on-one situation. Tell him where to
stand and what to do
and not to do. Tell him that bees are attracted to
dark colors and
that's why the beekeeper's suit is white. Say that if
one moves like a
tree in the wind, one achieves bee invisibility. This
is true because
of the nature of the eye of the bee. It is designed
to register quick
movements as that of a possible predator, an animal
like you. If a bee
seems to get in your face, back away softly and
slowly. Bees can fly
If you're interested in an education for yourself or
your kids, bees are
perfect. More experimental work is done using bees
than any other
animal. Who is not fascinated by their legendary
dance? The bees dance
this way and they dance that way, poofing out their
extraordinary communication by chemical, telling all
the other bees:
This Way to the Free Buffet!
Beekeeping may lead to other interests. Homemade
beeswax candles and
soaps are naturals, as well as extra jars of honey;
all make wonderful,
very personal gifts.
"The honeybee's great ambition is to be rich, to lay
up great stores, to
possess the sweet of every flower that blooms. She is
provident. Enough will not satisfy her, she must have
all she can get
by hook or crook."
If you were to hold one plain chocolate M&M in the
palm of your hand,
how many honeybees would have to sit in the palm of
your other hand?
(Place the answer somewhere else ?) 9-10 bees.
And what did the honeybee say to the flower?
Well Hellooooooo Honey!
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- Here is some more from Charles Koover.
Along with the 11 frame brood chambers is information
on how to space frames, not only 11 space, but any
other configuration. Pretty neat.
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